The mortal remains of Kirpal Singh, the Indian prisoner who died in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail under mysterious circumstances on April 11, were consigned to flames at his hometown in Mustafabad, Gurdaspur, amid a sombre environment on Wednesday afternoon.
Hundreds of people from the village and nearby areas joined the mournful family members, relatives and friends of Kirpal during the cremation to bid farewell to him.
Gurdaspur is about 220 km from Chandigarh.
Kirpal’s sister Jagir Kaur and other family members were tearful and inconsolable at the cremation. Dalbir Kaur, sister of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who was murdered in the same Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore in 2013, also joined the mourners.
Kirpal’s body was brought to his hometown on Wednesday morning after it was handed over to the Indian officials at the Wagah Border on Tuesday.
The mystery over his death, however, continues as the post-mortem examination conducted at Amritsar Medical College could not arrive at a conclusion over the cause of this death.
The autopsy, which was conducted by a team of three doctors, said there were no external or internal injury marks on the body. However, the heart and stomach were missing as they had been taken out during the first autopsy conducted at Jinnah Hospital in Lahore.
Doctors have preserved the viscera and sent it for lab tests to rule out poisoning.
Pakistani officials have claimed that Kirpal died of a heart attack but Indian authorities suspect that he was murdered. India has also vowed to raise Kirpal’s death in Pakistan at the top level.
Kirpal’s family has alleged murder and has demanded the autopsy report be presented to them.
Kirpal Singh, 54, a former serviceman, was lodged in Kot Lakhpat Jail since 1992. He was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Pakistani authorities for allegedly spying and conducting terrorist activities in Pakistan.
Pakistan also alleged that he was involved in a bombing at Faisalabad Railway Station in 1991.
As per reports from Pakistan, Kirpal was transferred to a hospital as his health deteriorated, after which he succumbed to a heart attack.
Kirpal’s death has been compared with the unfortunate and tragic death of Sarabjit Singh. While in the same prison as Kirpal, Sarabjit was attacked by a few of his inmates, six days after which he died in a Pakistani hospital on May 2, 2013 at 49.